WC: Oilers at the World Championships
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05-20-2013, 02:07 AM
Tier 7 fan (ballcap)
Join Date: Jul 2009
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I have this strange feeling that Canada of late has become a bit like Russia. Big names, skilled players but not enough effort in terms of team play. For Russia it's basically always a 50/50 situation, crash and burn or play well enough for 1st/2nd place in any tournament. I never thought this was a problem for Canada mainly because Canadian players are very good at knowing and accepting the roles they get as players (even if that's not their normal role, i.e. skilled players can "become" grit/energy players in international tournaments if necessary). Also that they always give (gave?) 110% of effort in every single shift, skating, hitting and crashing the net and really wearing down their opponents.
Maybe it's just my imagination though. I bet you'll be back with a vengeance in time for the Olympics...
I think you have a case there. Canada's effort is not what it was like 10 years ago IMHO. Something is different.
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